In the wake of sweeping decisions by Governor Jerry Brown to veto or sign 14 gun-control bills before him Friday, local weapon retailers and gun advocates reacted with mixed emotions.
The most controversial bill, vetoed by Brown, would have banned the sale of semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines and require the registration of assault weapons — even if legally owned for as much as 13 years — with the Department of Justice.
Todd Houlding, owner of Houlding Precision Firearms in Madera, said that Brown’s veto on that bill, Assembly Bill 374, was “a pleasant surprise.”
“I assume he would have passed that,” Houlding said. “I’m truly surprised he vetoed that one.” ...